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Rivers Guber: Wike Arm-Twists REC To Declare Him Winner Of Elections — Eze

Rivers Guber

…As INEC Suspends Rivers Election

…Even As AAC Candidate Coasts To Victory

…Congratulates Security Agencies For Allowing Peaceful Elections
In Rivers

Security agencies, especially the armed forces, have been charged to step up guards around the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers state as he has reportedly come under an unusual pressure from the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to manipulate results of yesterday’s election in his favour.

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state,
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, who raised the alarm in a statement issued and
circulated in Port Harcourt on Sunday, explained that the Rivers State
Governor, on hearing that the results trickling out from various units and some
collation centres across the state have rather been in favour of the African
Action Congress (AAC) governorship candidate, Engr. Awara Biokpomabo, started
mounting pressure on the State’s REC to declare him winner even before the collation
of results is concluded.

Eze reported to justify the pressure on the REC  that Gov.
Wike  in his desperation have kidnapped some APC chieftains
including  Hon. Chikordi Dike, Hon. Dr. Lawrence Chuku, Hon. Alex Wele,
even  Electoral Officers in his Obio-Akpor  LGA iand Electoral
materials to an unknown destination.

Where he is  currently busy writing and dictating the results
of his Local Government Area being the most populated Local Government Area in
Rivers State. Primetimes newspaper also reported that most of the electoral
officers in the Governor’s LG refused to announce the results of their Units as
demanded by the law in order to perfect this heinous act against democracy and
the future of Rivers State.

His Senator elect for the South East senatorial district,  Barry Mpigi have acted in similar manner in Khana LGA Election that until 4pm on the election day  there was no single polling unit in the whole of Khana LGA that  experienced election  while buses are parked at the LGA RAC without movement with  INEC non-sensitive materials abandoned as reports have it that result sheets of the entire LGA have been hijacked by PDP for them to start writing their own result without allowing elections to hold in the local government area. There is a report that the returning officer for the LGA is the brother of the PDP Senator-Elect of Rivers South East Senatorial District.

READ ALSO: PDP Chieftain, Former Aide To Governor Wike, Shot, Kidnapped

According to Eze,  not minding all these desperado acts on
the side of the governor, and his Team  is not at easy having realised
that he was bound to lose fairly at the ballots and has been unable to
compromise the military and other security agencies on ground across the State,
initiated his other option of unleashing an illegal security outfit, which had
been proscribed by the Nigerian Army: the Neighborhood Watch, on the various
collation centers across the State. The Neighborhood Watch has been described
as Governor Wike’s personal army.

“Chief Nyesom Wike the Executive Governor of Rivers State and
the strongman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in all his political career
have never been outwitted in his own game but frightened to a level where he is
on his knees pleading and cajoling the INEC REC in charge of Rivers State to
declare him the winner in the gubernatorial election of last Saturday based on
his illegal collation of results forcefully obtained  even as he is aware
that Engr Awara,  the AAC candidate, is leading him with a wide margin of
votes based on the authentic results across the State not minding that INEC has
not concluded collation of authentic results from the local government areas.

Governor Wike, in setting on his devious plot, has, after casting his vote at Unit 7, Ward 9 of Obio-Akpor local government area of Rivers state, praised INEC and boasted that he is optimistic of winning the governorship election in the state, saying ‘We’ve gotten the victory, I’m quite satisfied and I’m sure we are going to win the elections very well’. This assertion by the Governor was widely reported by the newspapers particularly the Channels TV.

“Surprisingly, after boasting that no force will stop him from winning the 2019 gubernatorial election, based on his thinking that after crippling and truncating the chances of other political parties from fielding candidates against him that he will have an easy ride to the Brick House, but to his shock when his mentor and lecturer on political strategies,  Rt. Hon Dr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, came up with the AAC formula, the governor and his misguided cohorts knew that the game is up and instead of accepting his fate when it dawned on him, based on the reports from his men in the fields that the game was up, he decided to explore his usual tactics by attempting to arm-twist and threaten  the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to declare him winner, even when INEC has yet to conclude collation of results from the local government areas.

“Wike resulted to self-help as all efforts to compromise the
military fell on deaf ears, he has been mobilizing his private army also known
as the Neighborhood Watch, to carry out final collation and announcement of
fake results by INEC EOs across the local government areas”, Eze revealed.

Eze, however said that the development is not only condemnable, but gives reasons why the security agencies should beef up security on the REC and his entire staff before he succumbs to the antics of Governor Wike, which may plunge the state into unprecedented crisis. 

He maintained that Rivers State people had, through their votes, overwhelmingly rejected Wike, adding “their position must be respected, no matter the odds, as they can no longer condone or support a failed government that doesn’t have anything good to offer to them except suffering, penury and insecurity”.

He also congratulated the security agencies for crippling the
activities of the militants that made it possible for  the people of the
State to have a peaceful exercise during the presidential and National Assembly
elections two weeks ago.

He finally, urged the federal government and the security agencies
not to abandon Rivers state at this crucial period and  not to leave any
stone unturned in order to protect the law abiding citizens of the State.

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